About The Contreras-Gabriel Project

The CG Project is a trans-media platform for artists and audiences with a shared vision of increasing appreciation and accessibility of Art.

Welcome to Cinemar10.com

Welcome to Cinemar10.com, the online portfolio for J. Mario Contreras. My films, bio and resume are in the tabs to the left of this column, where you’ll find news about screenings and products that I sell to raise funds for my films.Photo by Diana Gabriel

I’m currently fundraising for film festival submission fees for Familia Bom Brill and production funds for My Father’s Knee. By bringing my films into your home, you’ll be contributing to the development of a homegrown Chicago artist.


Two Docs Available on DVD

Two Docs: Bisnieta & GlassmakerTwo Docs: Bisnieta & Glassmaker Award-winning shorts from my coursework at Columbia College Chicago. Heather struggles with the burden of the Latino tradition of the quineañera.

Katie Creyts uses glass blowing to bring fairy tale images to life.

Shabuya Available on DVD

Shabuya: A Freedom Ride Film – A bus full of students, workers and activist as they united with immigrants from across the country and the world to begin a new civil rights movement for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Official Selection of The Chicago Latino Film Festival
Shabuya: A Freedom Ride Film

Mario Contreras

Columbia College Chicago students produced this video during my last semester of their MFA in Film/Video program. It features my thesis film, Familia Bom Brill, a personal documentary about my relationship to my wife and her relationship to Vicky, the Mother she left in Colombia when she was only 13.